Top Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 1

By Paul Shapiro
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Now exactly one week from Opening Day, some fantasy baseball owners are likely scouring the waiver wire after losing top draft picks like Giancarlo Stanton, and/or Trea Turner. With Week 1 in head-to-head leagues coming to an end on Sunday, here are three players you should pick up before the week is over.

1. Starlin Castro, 2B, Miami Marlins

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Anytime there's a No. 4 hitter available on the waiver wire, something is a bit off. When it comes to Starlin Castro, it's simply that the rest of the Miami Marlins' lineup could be mistaken for the "Bad News Bears." But Castro just keeps on hitting. He's got two homers and eight combined runs and RBI in seven games along with a .321 batting average. A player of his caliber simply shouldn't be available in 80 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.

2. Randal Grichuk, OF, Toronto Blue Jays

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Randal Grichuk was a sleeper coming into the season and hasn't disappointed. He's hit three homers and has a 1.095 OPS while batting second or fourth for the Toronto Blue Jays. If you need a boost in the power department, Grichuk has hit at least 22 homers in each of the last three seasons and that's while only playing in around 130 games per season. Expect bigger things from him in Toronto this season.

3. Carlos Rodon, SP, Chicago White Sox

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We can't do a waiver wire article without giving you a starting pitcher. Carlos Rodon is that pitcher who has all the talent in the world since he came into the league in 2015, but for some reason he just couldn't put it all together. Well, maybe, just maybe, this is the season it finally clicks. Through two starts, Rodon has 15 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings to go along with a 1.59 ERA and an 0.62 WHIP, including a start where he out dueled former AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. He's also a two-start pitcher next week with a Monday start at home against the Tampa Bay Rays.


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